March 5, 2008

Book Review - Why New Orleans Matters

Why New Orleans Matters
Tom Piazza
F 379 .N557 P53 2005

This is an examination of place and the spirit that inhabits it. In the days during and after Hurricane Katrina, people around the world were focused on New Orleans. What is it about the city and its people that fascinates and inspires attention from others who have never visited there? A long time New Orleans resident, Piazza tries to explain the culture, traditions, and people of New Orleans. He discusses Mardi Gras, jazz, Cajun and Creole food, architecture, and the human relations that contribute to the city's uniqueness and explores the place that New Orleans and its people have earned in the eyes of the rest of the world.